We are always on the look out for new and exciting adventures along the Arizona Highways. I know that naysayers think that after nine seasons what else can there be to discover to which I say, throw down the gauntlet and I’ll show you something you have yet to experience. This week, I am triumphant. Now, I’m not saying you haven’t had this experience somewhere else in the country, but on the day we climbed aboard this eye opening aircraft, it had just become a member of the Arizona landscape. I call it the closest I am ever going to come to a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang adventure. This time instead of a car that flies, how about a plane that floats. So on this somewhat cloudy, sunny Sunday afternoon, my crew and I head over to Scottsdale airpark to check out this Alaskan import. In this case, my captain, my captain was a bush pilot from Alaska bringing his trade to the Sonoran desert. By the way, this isn’t just any ordinary backcountry seaplane; this cushy ride has room for 9 passengers almost like a flying SUV with pontoons. So seatbelts on and we’re up up and away for a smooth scenic ride towards the Apache trail, a picturesque ride I’ve made in a jeep but have never seen from above. Arizona’s spectacular landscape has a wow appeal from almost every vantage point, but seeing it from above can be somewhat jaw dropping. We meander through the Superstition Mountains, which seem close enough to touch because the plane can go low and slow making for some pretty amazing views. This in itself is worth the trip, but just when you think it’s not going to get any better, the adventure is about to begin. As we all know, a water landing is the last thing you want to imagine when you’re in a plane except that is when you are in a float plane. I admit, first it’s a little frightening but once the plane touches down on the water and essentially turns into a boat, it is smooth sailing all the way. In fact, in some ways it was hard to tell if you’re still flying or floating. Either way, I was left with a bit of a smug, satisfying smile on my face knowing I’ve not only discovered something new along the Arizona Highways but knowing the trip home with the sun setting and shadows starting to emerge will make this flight all fresh again.